James Ogul may not be a household name, but it was a name that I read and heard frequently in the 1980s and ‘90s, during my tenure at World’s Fair magazine*. We knew Ogul then as the face of the US Information Agency (USIA), which managed US participation in world expos. The US presence on the expo scene was dependable from the ‘50s through the ‘80s. It began to waver in the 1990s, but the US Pavilion at world expos has made an inspiring comeback in the 21st century, with the exemplary USA Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010, followed by Yeosu Expo 2012 and now Expo Milano 2015.
|Photo: BRC Imagination Arts (c)|
Following Knoxville, Ogul was appointed Exhibits Director for the U.S. Pavilion at New Orleans Expo 84. “Among other things, we had two 750 seat 3-D theaters, with a film by award winning filmmaker Charles Guggenheim and an actual Space Shuttle – the one that was used for glide testing,” he recalled.
|US Pavilion, Lisbon Expo 98. Photo: Gordon Linden|
|USA Pavilion, Aichi 2005. Photo: Gordon Linden|
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